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How to hide my Windows 2003 server from the Microsoft Computer Browser service?

Applies to :

  • Windows 2003 server.


To perform this task, you need to have :

  • Knowledge in accessing the server via Remote Desktop.
  • IP address or server hostname.
  • Your server Remote desktop username and password.


There are 2 way to prevents people on other network computers from seeing your server :

1.    Editing the registry

Open the registry editor. From desktop, click Start > Run , Type regedit in the Run window and click OK.

Go to :    


From the Edit menu, choose New > DWORD Value, then rename the new Value to Hidden.

Note: This value is case sensitive and must begin with a capital H.

In the Data field, type 1 to enable hiding and choose OK.

Restart your server.

2.    Using the NET CONFIG SRV command

This setting can also be changed using the following command :

net config server /hidden:yes|no

-    To hide the computer from the Browser List, type net config server /hidden:yes at the command prompt , and then press ENTER.

-    To unhide the computer from the Browser list, type net config server /hidden:no at the command prompt, and then press ENTER.

Note: It may take up to 30 minutes for the server to disappear from the Browser lists.


Hide a Server from the Microsoft Computer Browser Service

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